RISCS Placement: Alexander Kopsch

I’m a PhD Student at the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security at the University of Bristol. Rooted in Anthropology as well as International Development, I am keen on exploring the sociotechnical aspects of cybersecurity, with a particular focus on the intersection of policy and culture.  

I have been given the incredibly exciting opportunity to undertake an internship of potentially national significance at RISCS. My responsibilities include drafting RISCS’ response to the Department of Science, Innovation and Technology’s (DSIT) white paper entitled “A pro-innovation approach to AI regulation”. I am interviewing key members of RISCS, NCSC and REPHRAIN to provide a critical viewpoint and advice on gaps and security issues compiled through the dialogues and academic research. I also work with PolicyBristol to seek advice on how to present the content of the report. Alongside this, at RISCS I carefully analyse and give my feedback on the press releases about AI that are submitted to them. 

The team at RISCS, especially Genevieve Lively and Louise Evans, have been excellent in supporting me during my internship. The management team put me in touch with the right people and pushed me in the right directions, making it a positive experience that is also fruitful for my own research. 

– Alexander Kopsch, June 2023 

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